A {Tiny} Stitch in Color

A {Tiny} Stitch in Color quilt

Earlier this Fall, I was lucky enough to received some fabric from Quilt Market from my friend Katie. I had done some graphic work for her and as a “thank you” she really spoiled me with a Fat Quarter set of Echo by Lotta Jansdotter as well as a little sample charm pack of Malka Dubrawsky’s upcoming fabric line for Moda, A Stitch in Color. I saw a bit of this fabric in person at Malka’s Improvisation Piecing class from the summer, and I’ve been excited about it every since.

A {Tiny} Stitch in Color quilt

I’m not sure if you have ever seen these little sample charm packs, but the squares are 2.5″. I knew I wanted to showcase the bold prints in this line, so I decided to make a simple patchwork quilt with several shades of off-white and tan from my fabric stash. This is another project that I thought I would finish in a couple hours but sewing 200+ tiny squares together accurately actually took longer than I thought!

A {Tiny} Stitch in Color quilt

For the quilting, I wanted to do something a bit in contrast to the horizontal and vertical rows and columns, so I decided to first quilt a diagonal line through all the squares. Then I added two more diagonal lines in the resulting empty diagonal sections, leaving every other section empty. I am thinking about hanging this on a tan wall in my house, so I bound it in off-white so it would not blend into the wall.

Morton Arboretum - December

I went to the Arboretum again today for my photos. Winter is really taking it’s time to show up here in Chicago. I know I shouldn’t complain because a couple months from now I will be SO ready to be done with the cold and snow, but I will miss having a white Christmas if it doesn’t start snowing soon.

Morton Arboretum - December

It’s still beautiful though, even without the white stuff.



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    Krista E

    December 16, 2011

    I LOVE the quilting on this quilt! You are just amazing. Thank you for a wonderful blog.
    Wishing many happy blessings to you and yours (and your readers as well) for 2012~~~~~~~

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    December 16, 2011

    SO pretty Faith! Cannot wait for Malka’s line to come out!! You can’t beat simple patchwork!

    Okay, glad to know I’m not the only one feeling this way! I almost feel left out that we haven’t gotten any snow yet. Haha. I’ll be eating my words for sure in a few months!

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    December 16, 2011

    Wonderful! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the sample charms from the sewing summit swag. 🙂

    And I swear I’m not complaining after the Texas drought, but it’s impossible to use any natural light here as it’s been raining for weeks… (so feel even more lucky that you don’t have winter yet.)

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    Marcia R

    December 16, 2011

    Very pretty. And I may copy your quilting idea for my last Christmas gift – a quilt for my son made of his old plaid/madras shirts. The top is finished and the quilt sandwich is made. Now to commit to the quilting! Thanks, always, for the wonderful ideas!

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    December 16, 2011

    Very cool quilt Faith. I love how you used a variety of neutral solids- that really plays well against the pops of color.
    Merry Christmas!

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    December 16, 2011

    Faith, I love your mix of solids and prints. And the quilting looks so wonderful and contrasts so nicely with the blocks. I know what you mean that winter is still not here. We live in Naperville (so rain was pouring down on us for days) and our kids check outside every morning if it snowed.

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    December 16, 2011

    Hi Faith! Your new quilt is beautiful! I like very much that simple pattern with squares. Every quilt doesn’t need to have complicated shapes. All the fabrics are so beautiful and light solids with them just perfect! Good decisiong for the binding! The nature looks beautiful, almost like the end of the summer here before the rains begin and everything start to be green again.
    x Teje

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    Lynne @Lilys Quilts

    December 16, 2011

    Wow Faith that quilt is just perfect – I love how you took one of those fab little charm packs and made such a great quilt with it.

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    December 16, 2011

    How cool, love the splashes of colour amongst the neutral solids

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    December 16, 2011

    The solids really show off the beauty of Malka’s fabrics. I love to see what can be achieved with just a little of the featured prints 🙂

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    December 16, 2011

    Love the quilting, I’m definitely going to “borrow” that at some stage. 🙂

    We’re having sort of parallel weather to Chicago in Sydney; very wet and mild Spring and Summer so far. It would be nice to have more sunny days, but at least this way we don’t have to worry about watering the lawn. 😛

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    December 16, 2011

    That turned out fabulously! I really love how you quilted it! Is the arboretum the same as the botanical garden near Glenview? I’ve been to the Botanical Garden several times when visiting my great aunt and my late great uncle, and I just love it!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    December 17, 2011

    Such a beautiful little one. I love the contrast of her very vibrant fabrics with all of those neutrals.

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    December 19, 2011

    It looks great!

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    January 5, 2012

    That looks great! You’re right, it’s one of those that looks like it won’t take much time, but it really does take forever to cut and sew all those little pieces together!

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    June 5, 2012

    Faith, what is the gray you used in this quilt? Beautiful job!

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    Granny Olney

    June 14, 2012

    This has charming appeal. My high school grandaughter just sent me your link. I have two years to make her graduation quilt from these old fashioned soft fabrics. Cant’ wait to gather the fabric and get it going. She had mercy on me in choosing pattern and fabrics . Eyes and hands do not work like they used to. Thanks Lizzie